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"Discuss what you consider to be the most important qualities of a modern organisational leader and to what extent you agree with the assertation that effective leadership is now critical to organisational success.

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University of Stirling, DAICE. Assignment Cover Sheet Registration Number; 1022033 Unit Code; 17LC Unit Name; Learning Strategies Tutors Name; Kevin Brosnan Essay Title "Discuss what you consider to be the most important qualities of a modern organisational leader and to what extent you agree with the assertation that effective leadership is now critical to organisational success. ( Answer to contain relevant examples )" Submission Date; 14th February 2002, ( by Mid-day ) University of Stirling, DAICE. Assignment Disclaimer Name Padraic Best Reg. Number 1022033 Unit Code 17LC Unit Title Learning Strategies Date of Submission 14th Feb. 2002 Title " Leadership .. Qualities and Effectiveness " I certify that all material in this submission, which is not my own work, has been identified and no material is included which has been submitted for any other award or qualification. Signed see e-mail. There are certain qualities that all modern leaders require in order to lead effectively and therefore contribute to their organisations success. Organisations, while sharing many principles and goals of leadership, are varied. This essay will concentrate mainly on commercial concerns with established management structures . Leadership is a very important part of management but the two should never be confused. ...read more.

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Leaders need to be visionary and having grasped the big picture, avoiding getting bogged down in details or trivialities. This vision must be backed by total commitment and never allowed to be lost sight of. By any of the group. Edwin Land invented the Polaroid camera by adhering to his original vision of shortening the time between snapping and enjoying a photograph. In order to achieve such visions leaders must be able to build and shape people into teams. Recognising who will work best and where is a key factor. Factors such as skills, personalities and team interaction should be taken into consideration. A good leader will empower his followers to do the right thing in order to share and achieve his vision. Strong values and a consistent sense of fairness will promote initiative and loyalty. Leaders who use reward and punishment in a fair and consistent manner will minimize team friction and de-motivation. This will also require self-confidence and courage in its application. One example of this is Roger Miliken, Chairman of Miliken & Co. took the unique step of sending all of his one hundred and fifty staff to a textile show for the full ten days when the norm was for other companies to send ten delegates for two / three days. ...read more.

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( Source Business Week, 15th March 1998 ) Also during the period 1990 to 1995 less than five percent of net profits were re-invested into the marketing department when the industry average for retail at that time was over ten per cent. ( Source, Logistica , 28th May 1999 ) In the future the area of leadership will continue to be researched, expanded upon, re-built and re-defined in greater detail. Advances in technology and further work related laws and practises will continue to have a bearing on what leaders can and cannot do. In conclusion there are certain qualities and skills both personal and non-personal which leaders must possess in order to be a leader.. They are usually learned and along with the knowledge of knowing when and where to use them. Different leaders will have different styles depending on the organisation they operate in, the task or company objective and types of followers they enlist. History has shown us undeniable proof of what can result from good and bad leadership. Keith Grint sums up a leader as someone who " causes others to act " . With regards to the positive effects of good leadership this is encapsulated in a statement from Daniel Dafoe when he says that " An army of lions led by a sheep is no match for an army of sheep led by a Lion ! " ( Grint, 1995 ) ...read more.

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